As part of our holistic model we provide high quality education to the children and young adults in our care. Professionals joining our team will deliver teaching alongside therapies in supportive learning environments for all ages, within roles that are naturally challenging and rewarding, with opportunities to train and grow themselves.
“Phoenix school has helped me build a future for myself after being in hospital, and let me see past the problems I was facing.”
Student, Phoenix School, Cygnet Hospital Sheffield
We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all students, but complex mental health issues can prevent some young people from being able to access full-time education. Therefore, in order to provide the broadest access, we prioritise the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science with additional opportunities in Humanities, PSHE and Creative Learning.
Timetables are structured to allow for integral therapeutic activities and we place British values and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development at the heart of everything we do. The curriculum is very carefully managed for individual needs – and reviewed annually by the board – to help ensure all young people can acquire the key Literacy, Numeracy and ICT skills that will help them in later life.
The beliefs behind our teaching
Our teaching is based on a number of core beliefs, the most important of which is that young people with mental health needs have a right to excellent quality education, and that this plays an important role in improving their well-being.
We also believe that:
- All young people have a right to feel safe and secure
- Everyone should be valued for who they are and know they have a voice and will be listened to
- Everyone has a right to be included within the wider community on equal terms
- Learning should be stimulating, challenging and relevant
- All staff should be ambitious about what they can achieve in their role, and empowered to impact on pupil outcomes.
Embracing every opportunity and challenge
Our teaching staff work sensitively around a range of challenging contexts, including working with young people who have severe mental illness and that exhibit a high level of risk, and those with a history of offending. In supporting our teachers to overcome these challenges and engage students in reaching their educational goals, we are able to create roles filled with opportunities, along with the chance to train and push your own education further.
Lessons are taught in classrooms equipped with a range of resources, from high stimulus activities such as computer suites and Arts and Crafts, to low stimulus room spaces. Other tools such as Chromebooks and electronic musical equipment are provided to help teachers get the most out of their sessions, whatever the needs of the group are.
“I enjoy education, it has helped me a lot with my anxiety and I have gained confidence by being around people again.”